Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of snake bites the runaway slave in the story "Red Leaves"?

2. What is Sam Fathers' heritage in the story "A Justice"?

3. What is the name of Abner Snope's only son?

4. What is the name of the company Captain Warren pilots for in the story "Death Drag"?

5. Which of the following facts about Uncle Willy is NOT true?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the investigator and the marshal at the home of two young boys in the story "The Tall Men"?

2. What do the townsfolk find behind the locked door in Emily Grierson's home after she dies?

3. How is Sarty involved in his father's death?

4. How does McLendon treat women in the story "Dry September"?

5. In the story "Lo," why is the president uncomfortable with the Native Americans who come to him for advice?

6. What happens to Lucius Provine when he travels to the Indian reservation?

7. What rumor spreads through town about Minnie Cooper, and how do the townsfolk react in the story "Dry September"?

8. What request does Pappy make of Doom when he returns to the tribe, and what is Doom's response?

9. Whom does the desirable woman in "A Courtship" decide to marry, and how does she make her decision?

10. How does Pete's family react when he is killed in combat in the story "Shall Not Perish"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the stories "Two Soldiers" and "Shall Not Perish," Faulkner plays with the contrast between the rich and poor during the Civil War. First, give a description of the way the poor families are portrayed in these two stories and compare/contrast this with the description of the rich families. Then argue which of these groups of people Faulkner sympathizes with more, and give at least two examples from the text to back up your argument.

Essay Topic 2

How did Mannie's husband's death in the story "Mule in the Yard" incite a sequence of tragic events? What message is Faulkner sending the reader about revenge through this cautionary tale? Finally, what were the effects of revenge in the lives of both Mannie and Snopes?

Essay Topic 3

Faulkner decides to end his collection with the moving short story "Carcassonne." In it, the body and soul argue about the true form of death. First, describe both the body and the soul's argument as to what death truly is like. Then explain why Faulkner might have chosen to end his collection with this story, and how it unifies the collection as a whole.

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